Justin Eldridge Obituary

Justin D. Eldridge
Justin D. Eldridge

July 23, 1982 - October 29, 2013
Born in New London
Resided in Waterford, CT


Waterford- Justin David Eldridge 31, of Great Neck Road passed away on Tuesday October 29, 2013 at his residence.
He was born July 23, 1982 in New London the son of Daniel Eldridge and grandson of Arlene and the late Emmett Eldridge.
Justin grew up in Old Lyme and graduated from Grasso Tech in 2000. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 2001. He did a tour of duty in Afghanistan from 2004 until 2005. He was honorably discharged and medically retired in 2008.
He married Joanna Gallup on March 25, 2006 at the Montville Baptist Church and lived in Quaker Hill for 3 years and for the past 4 years resided in Waterford.
Justin celebrated the birth of his first child Ashten in June 2003. During his marriage he adopted his son Vincent in October 2008, his daughter Faith in Jan. 2007, son Nikolai in Sept. 2008 and his youngest daughter Diana in Aug. 2010.
During his retirement he volunteered and helped run Toys for Tots in Southeastern CT. He was involved in starting the local chapter of the Marine Corps League, Thames River detachment and served a commandant for 2 years. He spent countless hours helping his community of fellow Marines. He was honored as Marine of the year by his detachment in 2010. He was a member of the RAFA, American Legion and VFW.
He is survived by his wife Joanna, his 5 children Ashten Dorn of Va, Vincent, Faith, Nikolai and Diana Eldridge all at home, his father Daniel Eldridge Sr. of Waterford, his grandmother Arlene Eldridge of Waterford and his brother Daniel Eldridge Jr. of Waterford. His Aunt Karen Barnes and his cousins Alex and Falon Barnes, his mother and father in law Matt and Diana McNichol, and sister in law and her husband Meghan and Trent Gerbers and a brother in law Matthew McNichol, many more family and friends. He was predeceased by his grandfather Emmett Eldridge.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday November 4, 2013 at 11 O'clock at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 63 Old Norwich Rd Quaker Hill, CT. Interment will follow with full military honors in St. Mary Cemetery, New London. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 4 to 7 pm at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home 48 Grand Street Niantic.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warroir Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KA 6675 or to Toys for Tots 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive Triangle, VA 22172. www.neilanfuneralhome.com




Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand Street
Niantic, CT US 06357
Sunday, November 3, 2013
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
63 Old Norwich Road
Quaker Hill, CT US 06375
Monday, November 4, 2013
10:00 AM
St. Mary Cemetery
600 Jefferson Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Monday, November 4, 2013


Wounded Warrior Project
Po Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675-8517
Toys for Tots
18251 Quantico Gateway Drive
Triangle, KS 22172
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